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A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2015-03-25 Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness 1:12:54
This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness. In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path. The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free. The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish. The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-03-18 Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs 1:13:28
This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-03-04 Sure Heart's Release 1:18:52
The pathway to our awaken heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in inhabiting our full capacity for loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-02-25 From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence 1:13:23
The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons - the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-02-18 Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice 1:26:51
This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-02-11 Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice 1:11:42
This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-28 Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence 1:18:26
Our conditioning is to pull away from our physical experience when it is difficult. When we regularly dissociate, we are removed from the source of our power, intuition and capacity to love in a full way. This talk looks at the ways we leave our body and the path of homecoming to living loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-21 Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts 1:21:46
In any moment, our intention - what we are energetically wanting - shapes our life experience. While our deepest intention may be to realize and live from loving awareness, we are often driven by egoic fear and grasping. This talk explores how mindfulness can recognize our prevailing intention, and by staying present, kind and accepting, we can reconnect with the deeper longings that carry us to awakening and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationships 1:23:32
Bringing presence to our relationships reveals our connectedness and essential Oneness. This talk explores two domains of this awakening with others: Realizing our shared vulnerability - that we’re in it together - and recognizing the inherent goodness or sacredness that lives through everyone.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-07 Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature 1:26:42
The three classic refuges of Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth) and Sangha (loving relatedness) are each expressions of our deepest essence. This talk reflects on the refuges and includes guided meditations and a closing ritual that helps us remember the pathway home in our daily life. (note: to participate in the ritual you will need a piece of red string about 28 inches long)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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